June 16, 2011
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Missouri Valley Conference announced Wednesday Southern Illinois track and field/cross country athlete Emily Toennies has been awarded the conference's Emerson Excellence Award.
The Emerson Excellence Award in the MVC's postgraduate scholarship given annually to one male and female Valley athlete due to their exemplary academic and athletic performances. Toennies and Illinois State's Scott Krapf will each receive a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship.
"It is truly an honor to receive the MVC post-graduate scholarship. I believe this award recognizes not only my personal accomplishments, but also the people that drove me to get there: my coaches, professors, the Saluki athletic administration, and my family," Toennies said. "The past four years has been an unbelievable experience for me at Southern Illinois and being an athlete of the Missouri Valley Conference. I am very grateful that the conference will continue to support me on the next stage of my life."
A four-year letterwinner in track and cross country, Toennies graduated this spring with a 4.0 GPA in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry. During her career at SIU, Toennies was named to the MVC's scholar-athlete team three times in track and field and twice in cross country. She earned the MVC's Elite 18 award -- given to the Valley athlete with the highest cumulative GPA competing at each of the conference's 18 championships -- in both cross country and indoor track and field this season, and was the only athlete to take the award in two sports.
A four-time All-MVC selection, Toennies ranks in the top 10 in school history in seven track and field events, and is the school record holder in the indoor 5,000-meter run.
Toennies plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.